Enjoy the best time of the year in all its glory with your Family.
1. Christmas Lights Themed Evening out – A free walking tour to enjoy the season.
The best place to enjoy Christmas lights in Calgary, free of charge, is to go for a downtown Calgary walking tour.
Start the day with skating at Olympic Plaza (228 8 Ave SE, Calgary). Then walk the pedestrian only Stephen Avenue (8 Avenue SW between 4 Street SW and 1 Street SE) decked with artistic lights. Along the route, drop in at Contemporary Calgary for a quick tour.
Take a break, visit CORE, grab a bite or a mug of hot chocolate, revel in the greenery at Devonian Gardens. Don’t miss CORE’s 45-foot Christmas tree. Tree lighting is on Thursday, November 27, 2014 ( 06:30 PM – 10:00 PM).
Continue to the historic McDougall Centre all aglow in Christmas lights.
Prince’s Island Park is your final destination. Cross the twinkling pedestrian bridge, revelling in the glistening icicles on the trees. You can also start the tour at Prince’s Island Park : start your trip at the island lagoon (skate here if you like) and retrace the tour described above.
Make sure you are dressed for the weather!!
2. 2014 Light Up Okotoks
Celebrate the start of the holiday season with a visit from Santa, lighting of the Christmas tree and festive activities all through downtown!
Enjoy live performances, Ice Sculpture Demo, Spirit of Christmas Artisan Market, Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, Pony petting zoo, Arts & Craft Sale,Hot Chocolate & more! Details
The lights will remain throughout the season.
Friday, November 21, 2014 | 05:30 PM – 9:00 PM
At the Olde Towne Plaza Stage
Live Performances 5:30-6:45 PM
Visit from Santa 6:50 PM
Lighting of Community Christmas Tree: 7:00 PM
Fireworks – 9 PM set off from Lineham Park
Along Elizabeth Street, Okotoks Public Library, Okotoks Art Gallery.
3. Zoo lights at Calgary Zoo
Ultimate Christmas Light decoration with over 1.5 million lights twisting around trees, and tracing animal and dinosaur shapes. Along the way, stop to warm up by the fire pits and have some fun in the Kids Zone.- Should be on the must do list. Zoo Lights
Friday, November 21, 2014 – Saturday, January 3, 2015
At the Calgary zoo.
4. Lions Festival of Lights
The Festival of Lights is the largest FREE drive-by Christmas Lights showcase in Calgary. It’s comprised of over 105,000 lights along 14 th St NW. Details
From Saturday, November 29, 2014 | 6:00 PM -11:59 PM
Grand Opening: November 29 | 05:00 PM
until January 8, 2015
Confederation Park in NW Calgary. The display can be viewed along 14 St NW, South of 24 Avenue.
5. Christmas in Canmore
Downtown Canmore will shine brightly with the spirit of the holiday season for 5 weeks. Main Street and the surrounding area will come alive with the vibrancy and magic of Christmas with lights and decorations and holiday festivities including extended shopping hours on weekends, outdoor movies, skating on the pond and and more. Details
Friday, November 28, 2014 – Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Main Street & Downtown Canmore
Lougheed House: The magnificent mansion, Lougheed House will be decked in artistic lights during the season.
6. Airdrie Festival of Lights
Western Canada’s Largest outdoor walk through Christmas Light Display! Enjoy the lights, Skate at the Nose Creek Pond, Ride the miniature train & more! Details
Monday, December 1 – Wednesday, December 31, 2014 | 06:00 PM – 09:00 PM
Nose Creek Park -1701 Main St S,Airdrie, AB T4B 1A4.
GPS location: 51.277971,-114.012092/ +51° 16′ 39.29″, -114° 0′ 50.34″.
Take Deerfoot Trail and Highway 2 to the first Airdrie exit. From the exit ramp, turn left, and then travel west on (Yankee Valley Blvd) about 1 kilometre, to the traffic lights at Main Street. Turn right onto Main Street, and travel north about 1 kilometer, then turn left into Nose Creek Park.-source from Airdrie site.
Admission by Donation; Activities ticketed.
7. Christmas at Spruce Meadows
During Christmas time, Spruce Meadows is adorned with Christmas decorations. The 2 kilometer drive through the grounds includes Tournament Lane, The Courtyard, Traffic Circle, the Nations Flag Park, Congress Hall, Riders Chapel and the Pond with strings of lights measuring 72 kilometers. Details
Saturday, December 6, 2014 to Monday, January 6, 2015 | 05:00 – 10:00 PM
8. Canadian Pacific Holiday Train
The Canadian Holiday Train embarks on its three-week journey from Montreal, Quebec, finishing up in BC. Each event features a boxcar stage, a lineup of great musical talent and a contribution to the local food bank. The whole train is lit up like a christmas tree. Details
When & Where?
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 | 05:30 PM at Nose Creek Park, Main Street,Airdrie
Friday, December 12, 2014 | 06:00 PM at 9511 Horton Road SW (gravel Parking lot), Calgary
Saturday, December 13, 2014 | 02:45 PM at Between river and 4 Street, behind provincial building, Cochrane
Saturday, December 13, 2014 | 05:45 PM Behind Sobeys at pedestrian crossing, Canmore
Free – Donations to Food Bank.
9. For a romantic or date night christmas lights tour, head out to Heritage Ranch – Details here
10 . For all the Christmas lights in Calgary including individual house decorations- Check this website – LightenupCalgary